20 in 2020

2020 a challenging year

Well, what a different and challenging year 2020 has been.

None of us have been unaffected in some way by this global pandemic. Little did we know what was coming in the early part of the year. Shoots and travel were booked and then slowly they were all cancelled as the lockdown came into being across the world.

For all creatives this has been an incredibly challenging time.

Fortunately some enterprising people saw an opportunity to use technology and the web to enable remote shooting and thus image making could take place. With me at home and the models in another part of the world, this was a way to keep producing images during the periods of lockdown.

This certainly enabled me to work with creatives in other countries which would not have been possible in normal times. A few of the images selected here were shot remotely with models/dancers as far away as Denmark. When the restrictions eased mid year, some social distance studio work did take place.

I think I have learnt a little bit about myself during this time. I am more interested in the engagement with people and creatives, then the popularity of my photographs. If people like my work then that is fine, but I am not interested in creating images to be popular.

That would compromise my creativity and my style of image making. I have certainly found a calmness in creating images that I like and not being driven to follow the trend to be popular.

As is often said “Art mirrors life” and aesthetic output reflects on us as people. The twenty images I have selected here are ones where I felt strong connections with the creatives I was working with and reflect my style and values.

Thanks to all the creatives I managed to work with this year and lets hope that 2021 brings a return to a more normal artistic environment. 

Fashion Photography - Fashion Photographer -model in her leather jacket leaning against the wall looking at the viewer
Fashion Photography - Fashion Photographer - model in her leather jacket looking directly into the camera
Fashion Photography - Fashion Photographer - model seated on a chair wearing a black body and black unlaced walking boots
Fashion Photography - Fashion Photographer - model laying back on a chair wearing a black body and black unlaced walking boots
Dance Photographer - Dance photography -dancers poppyseed and jasmin who is holding a handstand with her legs at ninety degress and the second is holding her in balance
Dance Photographer - Dance photography - dancers poppyseed and jasmin one laying on her back holding the other on her feet above her
Dance Photographer - Dance Photography - monochrome image of dancer Elesha in mid air with front leg bent at ninty degrees and the back leg pointing down her left arm is pointing straight to the right of the image
Fashion Photography - Fashion Photographer - model wearing torn jeans caught in mid air pointing out to the side of the her body
Fashion Photography - Fashion Photographer -model wearing torn jeans doing a leg kick towards the camera
Dance Photographer - Dance Photography - dancer her front leg bent and held on poinet
Dance Photographer - Dance Photography - dancer on a single pointe and has her backleg up and angled
Aerial Arts photographer - Aerial hoop photographer - Aerial Arts photography - Aerial hoop photography - aerialist sitting inside her aerial hoop holding position with feet and back
Aerial Arts photographer - Aerial hoop photographer - Aerial Arts photography - Aerial hoop photography - aerialist hanging from her hoop with her kness as the anchore
Fashion Photography - Fashion Photographer - model seated side on looking to her left into the light with her jumper off her shoulder.
Richard Spurdens Photography – Fashion shoot series
Portait Photography - Portrait Photographer - head and shoulders shot with model wear a spiky necklesss
Richard Spurdens Photography – fashion shoot
Portait Photography - Portrait Photographer - head shot from the remote shoot with Zoi
Richard Spurdens Photography – fashion shoot
Fashion Photography - Fashion Photographer - model wearing a black leather skirt with attitude
Richard Spurdens Photography – Fashion shoot series
Dance Photographer - Dance photography - dancer making shapes against the wall lit from the side
Richard Spurdens Photography – Dance shoot series
Dance Photographer - Dance photography - dancer making shapes against the wall lit from the side
Richard Spurdens Photography -Dance shoot series

Models/ Dancers: Carla Monaco, Riona Neve, Poppyseed Dancer & Jasmin, Elesha Eden, Natalia, BOou, Ariel Taylor, Amie Boulton, Zoi, Erica Mulkern.


Erica – Black Tutu shapes

Dance Photographer - Dance photography - dancer Erica Mulkern wearing a black tutu as she makes some kneeling floor shapes
Dance Photographer - Dance photography - dancer Erica Mulkern wearing a black tutu as she makes some kneeling floor shapes
Richard Spurdens Photography – Dance shoot series
Dance Photographer - Dance photography - dancer Erica Mulkern wearing a black tutu as she makes some kneeling floor shapes
Dance Photographer - Dance photography - dancer Erica Mulkern wearing a black tutu as she makes some kneeling floor shapes
Dance Photographer - Dance photography - dancer Erica Mulkern wearing a black tutu as she makes some kneeling floor shapes
Dance Photographer - Dance photography - dancer Erica Mulkern on pointe with her black tutu background is a steel shutter door
Dance Photographer - Dance photography - dancer Erica Mulkern wearing a black tutu as she stretches forward to a front foot. Shot from above to get the shape
Dance Photographer - Dance photography - dancer erica wearing a white tute and seated on a chair holding her knees and looking towards the camera
Dance Photographer - Dance photography - dancer Erica Mulkern seated on a stool wear a white tute and looking back to wards the light
Richard Spurdens Photography – Dance shoot series

A set of dance photography images featuring the Dancer Erica Mulkern. I have worked with Erica a number of times. Creating some strong dance photography images. As I will be working with her again in the near future. I decided to work up some images from my last shoot with her.

The first four images are a set shot with high key lighting and feature Erica doing ballet style floor shapes with a black tutu. The other three were a selection from the shoot and feature different lighting and a change of outfit.

She is great to work with and can produce ballet as well as contempoary dance shapes and moves. More images featuring Erica, feature in my dance portfolio here.


December Print of the Month

My pick for the December 2020 Print of the Month is entitled: Aerial hoop shapes hold a glode. Read More


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